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Fantasy Summary

An extremely dynamic offensive winger with massive potential. Slightly undersized but competes very hard and owns incredible skating ability. An excellent playmaker with high-end vision and creativity but also has a deadly wrist shot. Very dangerous on the power play but can also be used on the penalty kill. Capable of playing both wings.


Observations

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June 2022 – Raymond had an outstanding first season for the Red Wings. He came to North America after the 2020-21 season and was expected by many to be in the AHL. He was so impressive during camp that he stuck around and was too good to be sent down. While there were ups and downs in his production, on the whole, his 57 points in 82 games for a team that was 28th in the league in expected goals per 60 minutes, is truly impressive. Raymond will have to work on his two-way game. While it wasn’t bad, his expected goal differential was negative, as it was for most of the Red Wings forwards. Raymond can probably break the 60-point threshold next season and has upside for more depending on team context. He is a better option in points-only leagues, though his peripherals are better than expected.  Victor Nuño

April 2021 – Despite missing 18 games with an arm injury that ended his season prematurely, Raymond still managed to put up 18 points in 34 games which is a nice improvement over his draft year. He had flashes of brilliance at times and the potential oozes from the young Swede. He is going to be a large part of what Detroit does going forward with the chance of even having him in the lineup at some point next season. It may not be to start the year but he could come over at the end of next season if he does remain in the SHL to start the season. The uber skilled prospect is progressing nicely and it was implied that the injury was not a long-term issue. He underwent a procedure to fix what was wrong but his eight-week time frame gives him plenty of time to be ready for training camp in the fall. Tony Ferrari

January 2021 – It was a disappointing World Juniors tournament for the Swedish squad as they finished without a medal and saw their historic preliminary round winning streak come to an end. Raymond carried his weight, tying for the team lead in scoring with two goals and three assists through five games. He spent the tournament playing on Sweden’s top line along with Alexander Holtz and fellow Red Wings prospect, Theodor Niederbach, and was also a key part of Sweden’s top powerplay unit. Expect Raymond to be a driving force for Sweden at next year’s WJC as well if he isn’t in the NHL by then. Nick Richard

December 2020 – Raymond has asserted himself in the SHL this season, having already surpassed last season’s point totals in 11 fewer games. He has added speed and strength to his elite offensive tool kit, and it has helped him succeed in a larger role for Frolunda this season. Raymond will take a leading role on Sweden’s World Junior team and could be one of the stars of the annual holiday tournament. Nick Richard

October 2020 – Raymond was drafted fourth overall by the Red Wings. Raymond was among the top five in most pre-draft rankings. He is expected to spend the 2020-2021 season in Sweden but could push for an NHL job as soon as 2021-2022.  Jokke Nevalainen

September 2020 – Raymond is bigger, stronger and more confident in the SHL early on this season. It sure doesn’t hurt that he is (finally) being utilized in an offensive role with Frolunda. The 18-year-old went from being listed as 165lbs to 183lbs this season. His shot and compete-level indicate that strength is being used in a positive manner. He produced a rocket of a goal in the opener earlier this week. Expect to see more of that this season, as well as seeing public lists bump him up a bit. He’s damn good. Cam Robinson

February 2020 – Raymond has mostly played at the SHL level this season but he hasn’t managed to get much of a role on a stacked Frölunda team. Raymond has four goals and nine points in 29 games which is definitely not bad but not great either. But he has done that while averaging just 10:13 of ice time. He has averaged just 55 seconds of power play time per game but has still managed to score three points on the power play. Raymond may drop a little on draft day because of his difficult season but he’s definitely a top five talent, so he shouldn’t drop too much if at all.  Jokke Nevalainen

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July 2019 – Last year was Raymond’s first full season in J20 SuperElit. Not only did he dominate on the ice but he also broke U17 records for points and assists. Additionally, Raymond played for Frölunda’s J18 team during the JSM playoffs. There, he scored an incredible nine points (five goals and four assists) in five games – among them two goals in the last period of the final, one of them being the gold winning goal. Raymond also played 10 games in the SHL and scored two goals despite limited ice time. To end the season, Raymond played for Team Sweden at the U18 World Championship. He had a somewhat average tournament by his own standards but once again stepped up when it mattered the most and scored a hat trick in the final to give Sweden their first ever gold medal in the tournament. It’s impossible to pinpoint one attribute that makes Raymond one of the top prospects for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft but his skating is top notch. He has explosive first steps, great acceleration and high top speed. He can outskate most opponents at both short and long distances. His edge work is fantastic, and it allows him to be agile and make quick turns to maneuver through tight traffic while maintaining possession of the puck. He is incredibly hard to catch, and even when opponents manage to get him up towards the boards, he can quickly squeeze himself away to escape. Raymond combines his quickness and speed with phenomenal hands and puck skills. He can make great dangles from standstill and while skating at high speed, and often has creative ways to catch his opponents off guard. He has elite vision and will quickly spot passing lanes from nowhere. And he has the abilities to execute too, which allows him to make creative but effective plays all around the offensive zone. Raymond should not be mistaken for a one-dimensional playmaker; he has a deadly wrist shot, and he can score from up close and from a bit further out as well. His diversity makes him very hard to defend against and opponents cannot focus too much on taking away an option for him, or he will quickly take advantage of it. Raymond’s competitiveness is another stand-out attribute. He rarely takes shifts off and always gives full effort when he is on the ice – he always gives off a vibe of wanting to win at all costs. In the upcoming season, Raymond is looking to fight for a spot on Frölunda’s SHL roster but he could see some time back in J20 SuperElit as well.  Christoffer Hedlund

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country SWE
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 28, 2002
Height 5‘10”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 1; Overall: 4

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Frölunda HC U16 3U16 Div.21 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HC U16 2U16 Div.116 7 1017 4|        
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC U16 2U16 Div.120 27 2855 24|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 Region5 0 77 0|        
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC U16U16 Region15 20 17